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Driving around may be a challenge for Americans as driving is on the left hand side of the road. Your best bet is to stick with taxis, jitneys (local medium sized buses) and the ferry boats.
Under the shade trees outside Festival Place, you'll find a que of Bahamian decorated carriages awaiting your arrival. Drivers will take your for a historic and scenic tour of downtown Nassau for as little as $10 per person for a 20 minute tour. These colorful carriages are a great way to see the sites and take a break from walking if you've got little ones with you.
There are many jitney buses traveling around Nassau and into the suburban areas of Nassau. The #10 bus is the most popular, and will take you from downtown Nassau to Cable Beach. The jitney will take you along the Western Esplanade, passing Fort Charlotte, Ardastra Gardens entry road, Arawak Cay's Fish Fry as well as the Cable Beach Resorts area passing hotels such as Wyndham, Sheraton and Sandals. You can ask the driver to stop anywhere along the way. Pay as you leave the jitney, exact change only, $1.50 for adults and 1.00 for small children. To return to downtown, just flag down the jitney from in front of your hotel or restaurant. They run every few minutes from 6am - 6:30pm. Jitneys do not go over the Paradise Island bridge, for this you need to take a cab or ferry boat or if you're feeling up for a challenging walk, you can hike up and over the bridge.
There are several ways to get from Paradise Island to Nassau and back. Keep in mind that the area just over the bridge is a good 1/2 hour walk from downtown Nassau.
The Atlantis Hotel Shuttle is a free service to Atlantis Resort guests, which runs every 1/2 hour from 7am to midnite, in a circular route
via the Beach Tower, Coral Tower, Royal Tower, The Ocean Club, The Reef, The Cove, Harborside and Paradise Island Golf Club.
You will find scooter vendors outside most of the hotels in Nassau and on Paradise Island. It seems that the best deal on a scooter rental is actually down by the Cruise Ship Wharf. A single scooter could be rented a full day for about $50. This is a great option if you feel the need to ride around the entire island and see Nassau Paradise Island at your own pace. Always wear a helmet! Ask about insurance as it is not included in the agreement when renting a scooter. And remember, drive on the left side of the road. You can find scooter vendors at www.Bahamas.com